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Friday, April 20, 2012

Free Barbie Hat Pattern

Crochet Barbie Hat
I have been working on several different possible patterns for a Barbie doll hat.  I was finally able to crochet these adorable Easter Hats.   I can't wait to make some more for the beach outfits I am planning for the summer.  

  I had made a couple of cute dresses for my Granddaughter's Barbie for Easter.   I basically used the  St Paddy's Barbie Dress  pattern and made these adorable Easter dresses. But to be true Easter Dresses they needed the hats:)

 Crochet Hat Pattern

Chain 5, join with sl stitch.
1st round: 10 single crochet in middle hole. join with sl stitch.  chain 1
 2nd round: two single crochets in first stitch, 1 single crochet in next stitch, repeat 4 more times. single crochet then join with slip stitch.
3rd round: two single crochets in first stitch, 1 single crochet in next stitch, repeat 7 more times
single crochet then join with slip stitch
Rounds 4 though 7; single crochet (24 stitches)
8th Round; single crochet twice in each stitch
9th Round: two single crochet in first stitch, 1 single crochet in each stitch for the next 6 stitches; repeat this pattern 5 more times ending with two single crochet in same stitch, 1 single crochet in the next 4 stitches, join with slip stitch
10th Round: single crochet in each stitch, slip stitch in next chain from hook, fasten off.

The little hats can be decorated with either ribbons, small flowers or as I did, crochet a contrasting color around the crease of the hat leaving room to tie ends into a bow.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Chile Relleno Casserole

I found this recipe in a local newspaper 30 years ago and my family still loves it.  
It is requested (please make that chile cheesy thingy!!)  at every family reunion  and if fact, I make two pans and it's the first dish to empty (may go to three next reunion??).
  It is so simple but it has an awesome flavor but of course how can you go wrong with loads of cheese and yummy green chiles!

Chile Relleno Casserole
  • 4 (7oz) cans whole green chiles or 1 (27oz) can whole green chiles
  • 1 lb cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 lb Monterrey Jack cheese, grated
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 T Flour
1. Seed chiles and lay 1/2 in bottom of 9 X 11-inch baking dish, sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on top of chilies,
2. Layer remaining chilies and sprinkle grated Jack cheese on top
3. Separate egg whites, beat remaining ingredients except egg whites together.
4. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff and fold into wet ingredients.
5. Gently pour over top of chile casserole
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, covered, uncover and bake 5-10 minutes longer to brown.
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Cooking Giveaway at Katherine's Corner

Whats Cooking Giveaway

whats cooking giveaway

I am very happy to announce my good friend, Katherine @ Katherine's Corner  has an amazing April giveaway.    I hope you will love it.  ( I know I do!) .   Brent from Cook’n invited Katherine to share their Cook’n Recipe Organizer software with her wonderful readers (which is us!)  This program is terrific.  With it you can capture recipes from the internet, add your own recipes, create a cookbook, plan a menu, print a shopping list. Even adjust recipe serving sizes with the click of a mouse, it will change all the ingredients accordingly, so clever! You can sync to your phone or ipad too. There is so much this software can do.
You will win your very own Cook’n recipe organizer software ( for pc or mac) courtesy of Brent and his company dvo ( the makers of this #1 best selling recipe organizer, over 3 million sold). You will also receive two cotton glass towels, a cutting board, and a set of measuring spoons. So let’s get cooking!  Get your entry in for the What’s Cooking Giveaway.

Run, don't walk to  Katherines Corner What's Cooking Giveaway   for all the rules and entry requirements.  

I would love it if you followed My Turn (for us), not a requirement but it would be much appreciated.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Best and Easiest Green Enchilada Casserole

In New Mexico, chiles are abundant.  I do believe the state's motto is "Red or Green?".
  This is a question that is asked anytime you order enchiladas since everyone has their favorite sauce. 
 Red enchilada sauce is made from the dried chiles that have matured to the point they have turned red and green enchilada sauce is made from fresh chiles.

  You can even order your enchiladas "Christmas" meaning half red and half green for those that either can't decide or that just love both equally.

 When the green chiles are harvested, they are sold everywhere (even our local and chain grocery stores) and they are roasted on the spot.  Outside every location that sells green chiles, a huge roaster is set up.  It is a huge wire drum that rotates and as the chiles toss around they pass by a flame strip that is burning on the bottom of the drum.  This roasts them and the skin turns black (just like roasted red peppers) and peels away from the meat of the chile.    And the smell is heavenly!!   The entire valley smells like roasted green chiles.    I so love harvest time!

   When I lived in New Mexico I would buy a huge bag of these chiles, have them roasted and freeze them in small batches to use throughout the year.   I love having fresh green chiles in the winter:)
There are probably thousands of Green Enchilada recipes but this is my all time favorite.   I love it not only because of the incredible taste but it is so easy (no rolling tortillas) and it can be prepared in advance and refrigerated or froze to heat up later.

Green Enchilada Casserole

  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 med onion (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 7-8 fresh green chiles, chopped (Or 2-7oz cans of Green Chile)
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 dozen corn tortillas
  • 1/2 lb cheddar cheese or Monterrey jack cheese, shredded
  • Pico de Gallo
1. Saute onion in a small amount of olive oil in a dutch oven or large pot until translucent.
2. Add garlic, stir and cook for about 1 minute. Add green chilies, soups and chicken and about 1/2 cup water.
3. Heat thoroughly and salt and pepper to taste.
4. Cut the tortillas into fourths and heat in batches in a skillet using a spray cooking oil such as Pam until just soft and heated
5. Spray a 9 X 13 inch casserole dish with Pam.
6. Spoon in sauce mixture to just barely cover bottom on pan. Layer with tortillas, sauce mixture, cheese and continue layering, ending with the remaining sauce mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
7. Bake uncovered in a 350 oven until cheese is bubbly about 20 minutes.
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